News & Events

Update on Julia West project:

Julia West New

A task group from our church has been working toward redevelopment of the church’s Julia West site, seeking funding to build low-income housing with supportive services on site. We have recently had news that the State of Oregon’s Oregon Housing and Community Services agency (OHCS) will be issuing a funding round in the Spring of 2021, and Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will be issuing a bond funding round by the end of this year. The developer with whom our church is working, Community Development Partners, have let us know that both look promising for the Julia West project. Thanks for your continuing interest and prayers for the next chapter of Julia West’s life!   [...]

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WOW! The Impact of NEFP & a Call for Volunteers

Since early February and the beginning of the pandemic, the Northeast Emergency Food Program has fed over 250,000 and delivered over 6 million pounds of food!  And FPC volunteers have been part of that success.  Now NEFP needs additional volunteers to help with preparing boxes and food distribution. Please prayerfully consider joining other FPC-ers at this food pantry.  Most FPC volunteers come for ‘shifts’ of about 2 to 4 hours, one or two days a week. The new volunteer sign up is here: www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a44aeac2ea2ff2-soyouwant Begin by joining the day or evening group. After you are part of one or the other group, you will get an email with a link to sign up for specific tasks/times/days. Questions? Please contact Bill Resley kayak500@gmail.com NEFP is located at 4800 NE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218. [...]

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Open Circle Support for the Rose Haven Shelter

The Rose Haven Day Shelter for Women and Children thanks FPC members for their recent donations of so many urgently needed items. Rose Haven direct donation hours are from 1-3 pm, Monday through Thursday. Rose Haven is located at 627 NW 18th Ave. Visit their website at rosehaven.org for top needed items that are updated weekly. http://www.rosehaven.org. Questions? Please contact our office [...]

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FPC Calvin Library: Request Books by Email

Books at FPC

If you are looking for your next good book check out the church library online at https://fpcp.scoolaid.net/bin/home. Search by title, author or subject just like the public library. Try a few keywords to see what we have. How about prayer, or justice, or women? Consider checking out several books and don’t forget to add a few for children. Send your request by email to Bette at pdxbookworm@gmail.com. Your books will be checked-out, placed into a brown bag ready for pick-up at the glass office entry of the church. You will receive an email letting you know of pick-up times. We will try to make turn around time no more than a week. We’re glad of this way of keeping you in touch with books that are timely for our lives and life of faith! [...]

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A Pastoral Letter from Brian Heron, Presbyter

Dear Members of the Presbytery of the Cascades, Like many of you in active ministry, I had planned one message for today only to realize that the world had shifted over the weekend. It is hard to believe that a message meant to provide resources to help our congregations negotiate through the coronavirus pandemic suddenly felt incidental. But that is the reality of our current American context. A virus just as deadly as the coronavirus seems to be sweeping across our nation right now. America’s deep stain of structural racism is impossible to ignore. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police officers and the response is just the most recent and obvious sign that racism is deeply imbedded in America’s DNA. While the nation tries to share equally the burden of the coronavirus African Americans [...]

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Collecting School Supplies for Rose Haven – Thank you!!

School Supplies Drive Thank you to everyone who brought in school supplies. As a church, we gathered 440 items to be donated to Rose Haven and New Avenues for Youth. Thank you for helping children and youth in Portland start their school year off with the things they need to grow and learn. [...]

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Menucha Offers Day Passes, Personal Retreats & Weddings

Menucha Hiking Day Passes Available Spread the word: Come park at Menucha and enjoy hiking our trails, walking our labyrinth or just meandering our property for $40 per car. Plan accordingly – no food or restrooms are available with a Hiking Day Pass. Payment must be made prior to arrival. Hiking days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. Call ahead (please no drop-ins) to purchase your day pass and schedule your hike to make sure we have the front gate open for you, (503) 695-2243. Menucha is Open for Personal Retreats! Come for recreation, rest, and renewal. Cost is $110 per night, per room. A room can be shared by up to 4 persons who live in the same household. We encourage signing up for three Menucha meals during a personal retreat. Cost: $45 per adult, $23.75 per child age [...]

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Regathering Plan Update

  Update to Regathering Plan Early in the pandemic, our Session (church governing board of Elders) appointed a re-opening task group to set criteria for when we could safely re-gather.  They have set strict criteria of a 99% chance that those attending worship would not encounter a COVID-positive person. Given concerning statistics recently about the virus rising in Multnomah County, we regret the need to delay our re-opening until mid-May, to allow a safer re-gathering. The new proposed dates are: Church Office re-opening Tuesday-Thursday from May 4 Worship re-opening by reservation; masked and distanced for congregants from May 16 Please be in touch with any questions and thanks for your understanding and flexibility as we continue to monitor the virus season, and for your prayers for our eventual and long-awaited re-gathering! ************************************************************************************************************ Dear friends, During these days amid all the [...]

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Second Columbarium Plinth

Located on the eastern half of the Plaza, the first plinth of two planned for FPC’s Columbarium* has been installed and can be viewed from the Plaza. The second plinth will be installed later this summer. Future work will also include landscaping, seating, lighting and security. The Columbarium may be used by members of First Presbyterian Church and their families. Information is available by contacting (office@firstpresportland.org). *A Columbarium is a holy site with niches for storing one or two funerary urns. [...]

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Virtual Vespers

You are invited to participate in a time of prayer and reflection on scripture. These Vespers can be found on our Facebook page (First Presbyterian Church, Portland Oregon) and our Instagram account (firstpresbyterian_pdx). Vespers for the week can be viewed here on our website.  We hope that these quiet moments of meditation provide a time of peace in challenging times. [...]

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1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

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